Air date: 5/13/2007

It's almost hard to call the Gilmore Girls finale underwhelming because no one was expecting to be whelmed by an Amy Sherman-Palladino-less season. Despite a valiant effort from substitute showrunner David S. Rosenthal, the finale, like the rest of the final season, was a disappointment. From the ill-advised, awkwardly executed Christiane Amanpour cameo at the top of the episode, the series finale is a strange, unfulfilling exit from Star's Hollow. Before the finale ends, we see Rory (Alexis Bledel) head out on the campaign trail with Barack Obama, a final tidy reconciliation between Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Luke (Scott Gordon-Patterson), and a spa renovation peace offering from Emily (Kelly Bishop). Though all of it is sufficiently quirky, none of it is sufficiently earned. We do have to give credit where credit's due, however: ending the series at Luke's before dawn was the right move.